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Paul Kennedy

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  1. Oh for God's sake, don't bring religion in to it.
  2. The problem is that "the people" speak with many and mostly differing voices.
  3. How very ill informed, indeed not informed at all. The following is the current state of play: Walton Hall Estate & Gardens This note is intended to give an overview of the process the Council is currently pursuing for the restoration of Walton Hall estate. In 2008 the Council?s Executive Board agreed to explore the potential of the estate in order to preserve it for future generations. This would be a mix of commercial opportunities as well as enhancing the current range of facilities. The main buildings within the estate are in a poor condition, particularly the Glasshouse and Equestrian Hall. The Council does not have the financial resources available to restore these buildings. We do not want the estate to decline. Unfortunately, external grant funding has not yet been forthcoming. Therefore, we feel it is necessary to explore other options to secure a viable future for the estate. Like most other public parks, the Council has to maintain Walton from existing budgets. We would wish the estate to be self-financing and viable into the future through a mix of commercial activities appropriate for a park environment. Last year, the Council explored what interest could be generated through a national advertising campaign to deliver these aspirations. We have followed appropriate formal procurement processes and discussed opportunities with a number of businesses and interested parties. The detail will be reported to the Council?s Executive Board this summer as a precursor to further public consultation. The estate will not be sold. It is our intention that the public will continue to enjoy access throughout the estate at all times. The council?s aspiration can be identified as three interrelated components: 1. Commercial development of the main Hall and ancillary buildings. 2. Improved golf facilities through the creation of an Academy. 3. Creative direction for the parkland through a master planning process. The benefits to the public can be summarised as follows: ? Preserve the estate for future generations ? Improved access to the range of buildings within the estate not previously enjoyed ? Greater diversity of leisure interests ? Improved visitor experience The Council anticipates that the timescale to achieve the above is as follows: Summer 2010 Executive Board to select preferred partner(s) for the development of the estate Summer 2010 Public consultation Autumn 2010 Planning Application for main phase of development, including public participation Spring 2011 Commence refurbishment of Walton Hall estate heritage Spring 2011 Finalise master plan
  4. Interestingly he sounded quite calm when he discussed the matter in the car, didn't use any F or B words. Could have been worse, he could have hit her with his "clunking fist". Mr Brown shouldn't have called Mrs Duffy a bigot, because she isn't she was expressing widely held concerns in a most reasonable way, but personally I thought it was dreadful that Sky allowed what was a private discussion to be broadcast. I do hope that this matter does not become the determining factor in this election.
  5. Alas Observer I rather think that there would be very few significant ones that could command majority support....even though there will be those on this Forum who think that they might.
  6. I notice that the Warrington South Labour candidate is saying that his shoe has a hole in with all the walking that he is doing, should be OK for a repair though, his Party's manifesto is full of cobblers.
  7. I recall somebody in the South standing as an Independent in 2005 for exactly that reason, 453 voters availed themselves of the opportunity that he provided. Cost him about 3 grand I think....and a new car for his wife. Interestingly, and accepting that I have a bias, it is worth looking at each candidate personally, ignoring their party banner, and asking do you think that they would represent you well, could they lobby for you, do they have gravitas, are they serious, what would they do for Warrington. Take a long hard look at each of them and ask searching questions of each one.
  8. Be careful, Post Graduate Education Training, is very important, it is how Junior Doctors become Consultants, and how trainee GPs become GPs.
  9. Was out having a meal with good friends....one has to get one's priorities right....in anycase I've already decided who I will be voting for.
  10. The National Trust have declined to do so, and hence WBC looking for an alternative and innovative solution whilst still ensuring free public access to the Park. I totally agree with your latter point.
  11. The price charged for a room. But otherwise as Baz has said in an earlier post. I'm having a meeting with WBC later today for an update and to put forward the concerns of some residents. I will also be asking the question as to whether the National Trust have been approached with a view to taking over the Estate.
  12. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/election2010/2941044/Lib-Dem-Nick-Cleggs-TV-debate-strategy-is-found-in-back-of-a-cab.html#ixzz0liYixltw
  13. Of course we are - my vote goes to the smart clean young man who made the other two look like complete numpties! That would be the same as voting for Mr Brown then.
  14. I received the following text this morning: "I'm voting for the Icelandic Volcano Party, it's done more to stop immigration in the last 5 days than Labour has done in 13 years."
  15. Sunday Mirror: A town has elected a dead man as its mayor. Straight-talking Carl Geary had a heart attack as he campaigned for office. But despite being in his grave he still polled three times the votes of his rival. Widow Susan said in Tracy City, Tennessee: "His election was no surprise at all to me."
  16. Voted....and as David's Election Agent I'm biased
  17. Bet you Mr Cable is well hacked off by the rise in interest in Mr Clegg.
  18. Crikey Baz couldn't you have gone with Mrs Baz, Kennedy family went there for a holiday 6 years ago....best holiday we've had, great place.
  19. But not if they are election posters.
  20. William Pitt "the younger" became PM at 24.
  21. Just goes to show the power of nature. I understand that when this volcano last erupted a few hundred years ago, it lasted for a couple of years. I notice that no manifesto had volcano eruptions as a means of reducing CO2 emissions.
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